• Jan 23, 2013 - 08:35

I've discovered that there's no specific way of entering rallentando, so I've resorted to "System text".

My score looks right, but how should I go about actually implementing the rallentando?


either a single line. Check its properties "Text" and write the desired term. (There will be no audio rendering)
or a series of tempos changing the wording of the first in the editing and rendering invisible the next. (In this case one obtains audio reproduction by an appropriate choice of tempos invisible)

I just press T to enter a new tempo, enter Rall. or rallentando as the text and then set a rate a bit lower than the preceding. Exit the tempo dialogue box. Then double-click on the word "Rall." or "rallentando", press and hold [Ctrl] and type A I B, release [Ctrl] and press [Esc]. This sounds complex but is quite easy. You can add many tempos with steadily reducing rates and make them invisible if "genuine" playback is important l you.

You can do a similar thing for accel., a tempo, Tempo I etc. Note that you can copy and paste your nice new tempos if you need them again in the same piece.

In reply to by underquark

I assume omaybe you customized your shortcut for entering tempo? T is normally Time Signature. The default shortcut to enter a tempo marking is Ctrl-Alt-T, at least on WIndows.

But yeah, that's the way to get the playback effect - a series of tempo changes, each slightly slower, marked invisible. Normally you need fewer of them than you imaguine you might to get convincing playback. There has been talk of a future facility for having tempo text be able to specify graduall changes so you could implement ral.. et al directly, but as far ass I know, nothing actually implemented yet, and I get the feeling it's not really being thought of as something for 2.0. Would be happy to be wrong about that...

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I can't use Ctrl+Alt+T as I already have a system-wide shortcut (for another application) that uses this. I'm happy with Create->Text->Tempo.

The only odd aspect of this is that I have to enter a faster BPM to get the rallentando effect in my music. I'm fairly certain that my score defaulted to 82bpm, but I had to enter a tempo text of 90 to get the rallentando effect I wanted.

However, my stopwatch timed the first 16 beats as 8 seconds, so my score must be set close to 120BPM.

Is there a way of determining the BPM of the main body of my score?

In reply to by Swifty

It's actually 120 BPM according to the play panel - note it shows both a tempo marking in bpm but also a percetange scaling factor. It's not really intended to be used to control the tempo of a piece permanently, but just to let you temporarily hear it faster or sloweer than you normally would. It's more the equivalent of zooming on screen to make something temporarily look bigger (hence the percentage display). If you *really* want things bigger, you need to change their size; not just zoom in on screen. Similarly, if you *really* want to change the tempo of a piece, use tempo text.

Most importantly, though, you should not need to care what the "default" tempo is. MuseScore might have to have one, but humans don't. If a human musicians doesn't see an explicit tempo indication, he will have no idea what tempo you intended. And some future version of MuseScore might uise a different default, anyhow., If you care about playback tempo, put an actual tempo marking at the beginning of the piece.

And BTW, do be aware that you can customize the shortcut for placing tempo text (and most other shortcuits) via edit / preferences / shortcuts.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

The Play Panel (F11) confirms that my score is 120 BPM, and I certainly didn't select that, so it's the default.

I'd been into the Play Panel quite often, as the default sound level is a little too quiet for my liking (given the volume I set my soundcard to). I'd seen the tempo slider, but hadn't realised that it shows the current tempo. Thanks for all the help I'm getting!

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